Food and drink sector

OAL in the food and drink sector

Food and drink businesses represent a significant community who prioritise skills and workforce talent as the main driver of productivity, growth and commercial success.  We have been at the heart of working with the industry to develop relevant qualifications and apprenticeship end point assessment to support them in achieving their objectives.

We continue to work collaboratively with the industry and by working in partnership puts us at the forefront of the skills agenda.

In food and drink we offer: Butcher and Advanced Butcher in all three routeways (Retail, Process and In-Store), Baker and Advanced Baker in all three routeways (Craft, In-Store and Automated), Advanced Dairy Technologist, Fishmonger, Food and Drink Process Operator, and Advanced Food and Drink Process Operator, Food Technologist and Food and Drink Maintenance Engineer (FDEM).

Food and drink EPA

We have made a public commitment to offer EPA services for all the apprenticeship standards the food and drink industry needs to meet its skills targets. Take a look at our current approvals.

Advanced butcher
Advanced dairy technologist
Food & drink advanced process operator
Food & drink maintenance engineer (FDEM)
Food & drink process operator
Food technologist

Food and drink qualifications

The OAL portfolio includes a broad range of industry qualifications from FME to food technology. Our in-house development team is constantly growing this portfolio to meet the people development needs of the food and drink industry.

Bakery Level 2
Butchery Level 2
Fishmongery Level 2
Food & drink engineering maintenance level 3
Food & drink operations level 2
Food & drink operations level 3
Food manufacturing excellence level 2
Food manufacturing excellence level 3
Food safety level 2
Food safety supervisions level 3
Food allergen awareness & control level 2
Food technology level 3
HACCP-based food safety management systems level 2
HACCP management level 3
Health & safety in the food supply chain business level 2
Health & safety in the food supply chain business level 3
Knife skills level 2

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OAL Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update

2nd April 2020|

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Training providers ‘feel inspired’ by OAL support

27th June 2019|

Employers’ EPA training providers report “feeling inspired” after receiving OAL support sessions. Oxfordshire based training provider Qube Learning particularly valued a session focusing on portfolios. Qube Learning’s Operations Manager Gayle Mansfield said: “I attended [...]